Unison’s Steve Chambers Supports Local Charity Saint Catherine’s

December 20th, 2017

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Design Manager by day, Rat Pack singer and fundraiser by night. Since 2006 Steve Chambers and his friends have raised nearly £150,000 for Saint Catherine’s.

Myself and five mates decided to start raising money for Saint Catharine’s over 10 years’ ago after one of the lad’s mothers sadly passed away.

Our journey started ten years ago in the Red Lion pub in Cloughton, all a bit worse for wear, we started to sing a few old numbers and someone said, ‘let’s make a band for charity & call it The Raging Rednecks!’ But from that drunken night the Cloughton ‘Rat Pack’ was formed. Shortly after forming we got a few more like-minded buddies who joined us that could bang out a tune or two, but we needed a real ‘Big Swing Band’, which is when our friends ‘King Willy’s Big Band’ joined the pack.

We come together to make music, laughs and cash for our chosen charity, we’ve all been moved by having loved ones or mates spend time in Saint Catherine’s.

This year has seen us play new venues like Staxtonbury, Scarborough YMCA Theatre & of course our ‘home’ shows at Burniston & Cloughton Village Hall which really are wild, crazy & sometimes semi naked events, that should come with a warning of ‘If easily offended please don’t come’.

Over the years collectively as a group of mates, (and others) we’ve raised almost £150,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice. This has been through events such as our Mick Readman Memorial Weekend, countless village talent shows (yep in the pub again), sponsored horse rides and coast to coast walks to name a few, but every time we think that maybe it’s had its day, we get a deluge of requests and encouragement because it often takes people back to a carefree time when they were younger, maybe courting their husbands/wives, going to local dances and listening & dancing to the likes of Frances Albert Sinatra, Deano, Sammy Davis Jr, Count Basie Big Band & company. It’s a feel-good era which we try to emulate in our own way.

All the money in the world sadly doesn’t bring our loved ones back, but we can make a difference to the care provided to patients today at Saint Catherine’s. On behalf of myself and the band I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and for their generosity giving your hard-earned money.

“I’m really proud of Steve and his friends who have raised thousands of pounds for such an incredible cause that’s close to my heart. Steve and his friends are a credit to their family, community and town and genuinely feel privileged to know him.” Alan Pickering, Joint Managing Director of Unison Ltd.

Fundraiser Debbie Kay from Saint Catherine’s said ‘A huge thank you to the Rat Pack. They are an outstanding support to us and we are incredibly grateful to them. We need £6m a year to provide our care to patients and their families at our In-Patient Unit and to people in their own homes. When communities come together to enjoy themselves and raise money for us, it always results in something very special, which is what had happened with this wonderful group of people.’

About St Catherine’s Hospice

Saint Catherine’s provides specialist palliative care and support for individuals with terminal illnesses and their families, within an area of North Yorkshire covering more than 1600 square miles. The Hospice was first established in 1985, and over the years has grown to become a centre of excellence for palliative care, being rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission in 2016.

The referral criteria for about 50% of patients stems from cancer, with the remainder having a diagnosis from a wide range of other illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory conditions, end stage kidney and liver disease and neurological illnesses. In 2016 we cared for over 3000 individuals and their families.

It currently costs over £6 million every year to deliver patient care. Around 67% of this comes from voluntary donations from the general public, community groups, businesses operating in the local area and Charitable Trusts & Foundations across the UK. 33% derives from NHS grants. Saint Catherine’s is supported by around 500 unpaid volunteers.

For more information please visit: www.saintcatherines.org.uk




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